Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage SymposiumThe Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO) is promoting Hong Kong's cultural heritage with the launch of the Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival in London on May 15 (London time). The festival forms part of London ETO's programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival aims to raise awareness of Hong Kong's culture via a series of events in London. The first event, held on May 15, was an international symposium examining Chinese heritage and food culture in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, held at the Crowne Plaza London-The City.

Organised by Ming-Ai (London) Institute with the support of London ETO, the symposium featured a keynote speech by the Curator of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Mr Chau Hing Wah and a forum on British Chinese food. The panel for the forum included internationally renowned Chinese chefs Mr Ken Hom and Ms Huang Ching-He, plus the Director of Good Earth Group, Mr Andy Kwok and owner and Chef at A. Wong restaurant, Mr Andrew Wong. The event also featured a demonstration of the making of rice dumplings as featured in the Dragon Boat Festival.

Speaking at a reception to launch the Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival, the Director-General of the London ETO, Ms Priscilla To said, "It is fitting that this festival on Intangible Cultural Heritage is part of our programme of events to mark the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the Motherland in 1997. Because anniversaries are not just about looking back, to celebrate what happened, but also looking forward to what will come - and what we will become - in the future. Hong Kong has taken very seriously its role in keeping faith with its traditions, launching the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, and we have already published an inventory list of 480 items, covering areas such as performing arts, rituals, festive events and traditional craftsmanship, representing the efforts of different local communities in passing on their customs and traditions."

"Over the past 20 years, under the successful implementation of the 'one country, two systems' principle, Hong Kong has continued to thrive as Asia's world city. We maintain our unique characteristics of blending the East with the West – and we do it in our Hong Kong recipes." 

Other events in the Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival include: Mid-Autumn Tranquillity (September 21), which includes a range of activities including moon-cake making, music, arts, etc., that focus on the theme of the Mid-Autumn Festival; and a free exhibition (November 15-25) a journey of discovery highlighting many aspects of Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The symposium and launch reception were organised by Ming Ai (London) Institute, supported by London ETO the Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Lee Kum Kee (Europe), Crowne Plaza-The City, and British Airways.